As I walk door to door speaking to voters the number one topic on people's minds is our skyrocketing property taxes. Property taxes in Illinois have doubled in recent years, and we now have the honor of paying the highest taxes in the nation!
We can thank the incompetent and corrupt government leaders in Springfield, led by long-time Chicago kingpin Mike Madigan, for the property tax burden placed on Illinois families. But Madigan is merely a pawn of public sector unions, who bankroll the Democrat majorities in the legislature.
That's why I support a freeze on property taxes at 1% and a requirement that local referendum be held if a taxing body wants more. Let the people decide. It's also why, if elected, I will not accept a pension and I will cut my pay by 10%.
Most of all, we need more fiscal discipline in Illinois to take the burden off of Illinois families like yours and mine.
I'm back! As you may have heard I filed paperwork to run for the 112th District, which I had the privilege of serving from 2011-2017. I am running again because Springfield continues to demonstrate its contempt for the people of Illinois by increasing taxes and refusing to pass necessary reforms.
Frankly, Springfield is a disaster and we need a voice to fight the incompetence and corruption in the General Assembly. Because of my past outspokenness, the failed leadership of the Springfield "swamp" has arrayed powerful interests against me in this election. But I am confident that we the people will prevail.
If we don't bring back common sense and family-friendly policies, the state will continue its steady decline. Rolling back property taxes, repealing the recently increased income tax hike and working to bring back jobs to southern Illinois are at the top of my agenda. As I have done in the past I will cut my pay by 10 percent and refuse to accept the pension lawmakers lavish on themselves.Read more
With Springfield continuing to demonstrate its contempt for the people of Illinois by increasing taxes and refusing to pass necessary reforms, businessman and former state Rep. Dwight Kay filed his paperwork today for the 112th District, vowing to fight incompetence and corruption in the General Assembly.
“Springfield is a disaster,” said Kay, who filed with the State Board of Elections with over 1,300 signatures, more than double the required amount. “If we don’t bring back common sense and family-friendly policies, the state will continue its steady decline.”
Rolling back property taxes, repealing the recently increased income tax hike and working to bring back jobs to southern Illinois are at the top of Kay’s agenda. He added he would cut his lawmaker pay by 10 percent and refuse to accept the pension lawmakers lavish on themselves.Read more
The Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation last month that would eliminate a pay raise for lawmakers. State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) co-sponsored the legislation.
House Bill 576 will keep the current base legislative salary for State Representatives and Senators at $67,836 for Fiscal Year 2016. The legislation also prevents increases in mileage, lodging and meal reimbursements for the remainder of the current fiscal year.
“We have the 5th highest legislator salaries in the nation and many in the legislature think they deserve another pay raise,” said Rep. Kay. “It’s common sense that legislators should not be receiving a pay raise while our state is buried in debt.”
HB 576 passed the House 101-1 on July 28th and now awaits approval in the Senate.
Kay/McCarter Legislation to Stop Paying Public Aid Benefits to the Deceased Signed by Governor Rauner
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed legislation sponsored by State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) and State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) to ensure public aid benefits are not paid to the deceased.
According to a state audit released in February, approximately 5,916 deceased individuals were identified as being eligible for public aid during former Governor Pat Quinn’s administration for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. In fact, $3.7 million in medical costs was paid for 1,111 deceased individuals and 180 public aid recipients enrolled in managed care more than 90 days after date of the individuals’ death.
“When I found out the State of Illinois was paying public benefits to the deceased, it was a no brainer to file legislation to put a stop to the fraudulent spending,” said Rep. Dwight Kay. “When I started looking into the problem I found out that DHS did not have access to the death record database which caused the problem to spiral out of control. This outrageous mistake to pay benefits to the deceased occurred during the Quinn administration and I am glad Governor Rauner signed our bill to clean up the mess he inherited by putting a stop to paying benefits to dead people.”
Public Act 99-0087 requires the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to enter into an agreement granting DHS access to the IDPH electronic reporting system for death registrations. The legislation also requires that public aid recipients who are found to have a death record in the IDPH system, are subject to an immediate suspension of their public aid benefits, including the deactivation of their LINK card upon certification that the death certificate matches the identity of the public aid recipient.
“Some people may think this is a joke, but it’s not. Only in Illinois do we have to pass a law to prohibit dead people from receiving public aid benefits,” said Senator Kyle McCarter. “In the middle of our on-going budget crisis, don’t let anyone tell you that waste, fraud and abuse involving state programs doesn’t exist.”